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Excerpts: US says Iran’s behavior ‘not positive’.Egypt-Jordan

Sunday, November 6, 2016 15:25
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Excerpts: US says Iran’s behavior ‘not positive’.Egypt-Jordan ‘Aqaba2016′war
games begin November 06, 2016

+++SOURCE:Al Arabiya News 6 Nov.’16:”US says Iran’s behavior ‘not positive’
“,by Staff Writer
SUBJECT: US says Iran’s behavior ‘not positive’
FULL TEXT:While Washington does not regard Tehran’s “Death to America”
slogan as an official Iranian policy, State Department spokesman Mark Toner
said on Thursday that the US still views the Islamic republic’s behavior in
the region as “not positive.”

Thousands of Iranians chanted “Death to America” in the capital Tehran on
Thursday[3 Nov], marking the anniversary of the 1979 takeover of the US
embassy by students. Fifty-two Americans were taken as captives for 444 days
following the embassy seizure, leading to what was later known as the
hostage crisis.

For Iranians, the day is officially known as the “National Day of Fight
against Global Arrogance.”

Asked about Iran’s “Death to American” slogan, Toner said the anniversary of
this day “brings out the overhyped rhetoric on the part of many in the
Iranian government.”“We don’t necessarily want to engage in all the various
statements that are made on a day like today,” he said. “Like any country,
there’s heated political rhetoric that comes out.”

Toner further emphasized when he said “I’m just not going to respond to
every instance of that in this case,” and that the Obama’s administration
does not consider “Death to America” to be an Iranian policy.

But he said: “What I would say is we continue to see Iranian behavior in the
region that is, frankly, not positive, that is unconstructive.”Toner also
rejected Iran’s involvement in both Yemen and the Syrian conflict.

During the anniversary day, Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
told an audience of thousands of students “in any part of the world when a
nation stands up against a tyrant government, its first slogan is ‘Death to
the US’.”

Khamenei also described Americans as “dishonest, unreliable, deceptive, back
stabbers.”

The Ayatollah also said the mastermind behind the attack was Ayatollah
Sayyid Khomeini, the founder of the Islamic republic of Iran and the leader
of the 1979 revolution.

Khamenei also asked Iran’s minister of education to include the event in
schools’ curriculum.

Obama extends national emergency on Iran
Meanwhile, US President Barack Obama extended on Thursday Washington’s state
of national emergency with respect to Iran, which was originally placed on
Tehran in light of the hostage crisis in November 1979.

In a letter to Congress, Obama wrote: “Our relations with Iran have not yet
returned to normal, and the process of implementing the agreements with
Iran, dated Jan. 19, 1981, is still under way.”

+++SOURCE:Jordan Times 6 Nov.’16:”Egypt-Jordan ‘Aqaba 2016’ war games begin”,by
JT

SUBJECT: Egypt-Jordan’Aqaba 2016’war games begin

FULL TEXT:AMMAN — Armies of Jordan and Egypt on Saturday[5 Nov] started a
military drill, dubbed “Aqaba 2016″, to boost operational preparedness, the
Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.

The 20-day war games are aimed at boosting relations between the armies of
both countries and training the troops to conduct joint plans involving
various tasks and using available resources.

The participating units will also be trained to counter current security
threats and possible future ones.

The Aqaba 2016 drill, during which troops from both countries will execute
activities designed to deal with the current situation in the region, will
take place in the Jordan Armed Forces-Arab Army’s (JAF) training fields,
with the participation of various land, naval and air units.

The Egyptian troops were received by senior officers upon their arrival.

The two countries held a similar drill last year, with the participation of
elite military units from the two armies.

Jordan and Egypt have both been harmed by Sinai-based terrorist groups,
which have attacked a vital gas pipe more than a dozen times since 2011.

The sabotage eventually led to a complete halt of the cheaper Egyptian
supplies of the commodity and a subsequent energy crisis in the Kingdom,
caused by its dependence on the expensive fuel oil instead to generate
electricity.
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Sue Lerner – Associate, IMRA

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